By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - An accountant and bookkeeper for a southwest Virginia farming operation has been charged with bank fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Robert Donald Morgan III of Hillsville was arrested Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is set for May 13 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

According to an affidavit filed by a U.S. Secret Service agent, Morgan stole more than $66,000 from Carroll County-based Andrews Farming Inc. The affidavit says Morgan forged the company president’s name on business checks he made out to himself. He also allegedly deposited a check from the company’s insurance carrier into his personal account.

The public defender’s office, which was appointed to represent Morgan, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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